UK-based Edenville Energy has started production of washed coal at its Rukwa project site in Tanzania.
Prior to this, the company completed commissioning and testing of the project’s wash plant. Construction of the plant was completed last month and the weighbridge was installed.
Edenville Energy CEO Rufus Short said: “The start of production of washed coal is a major milestone for Edenville. It is just over eight months since we decided to proceed with development of the Rukwa Coal Project and I am delighted that we have been able to move into production so quickly, despite some challenges along the way.
“We look forward to providing further updates on the progress of the project in the coming weeks, including with regard to coal sales and contracts.”
The wash plant is currently processing material to meet requests for coal made. The company intends to increase production levels over the next few months in order to meet a monthly production target of at least 10,000t by January.
The plant is expected to produce a range of sizes of washed coal for specific end-user requirements.
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According to the company, the Rukwa project has estimated a Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) resource of 173 million tonnes, with 61.5 million tonnes in the measured category.